Author: National Institute of Mental Health
- The word psychosis is used to describe conditions that affect the mind
when there has been some loss of contact with reality.
- Psychosis often begins when a person is in his or her late teens to mid-
- Psychosis can be a symptom of a mental illness or a physical
- Psychosis can be caused by some medications, alcohol or drug abuse.
- Three out of 100 people will experience psychosis at some time in
- About 100,000 adolescents and young adults in the US experience
first episode psychosis each year.
Psychosis can include hallucinations (seeing, hearing, smelling,
tasting or feeling something that is not real).
- Psychosis can include paranoia or delusions (believing in something
that is not real even when presented with facts).
Psychosis can include disordered thoughts and speech.
- Psychosis affects people from all walks of life.